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I buy a lot of hand creams. This is mainly because of my job; I am constantly washing my hands in sometimes quite harsh cleaner and wearing gloves. All in all this makes my hands susceptible to being dry, especially if it is cold outside when I am walking the dogs too.
I don’t have any particular rhyme or reason to buying a hand cream just what takes my fancy at the time, or what’s a good deal.
***WHY I CHOSE THIS PRODUCT***
This review is on The Body Sops almond hand cream. I chose this product 1) because I was in the store looking for something else as I had a voucher and 2) I seem to have a thing about almonds lately :/
The girl in the shop spied me and advised me that the cream was good for dry hands and got me to try the tester, on smelling it I was hooked – I know not really a reason for buying it but it convinced me at the time.
***THE PRODUCT AND MY FINDINGS****
The hand cream itself comes in an aluminum tube with a screw top lid. This I like, I find it easier to get all of the hand cream out of such tubes as you can wind them down, allowing you to know when you are near the end. The only possible down side is occasionally if not used for a long time the aluminum has potential to crack where it is folded down. This one is silver with brown as it is almond; some others have different colours to match, which is useful if trying to spot the cream quickly in the shop.
The tube has a long list of ingredients on the back but the main point is that it is made with almond and Brazil nut oil that are happily from community fair trade. The product has a 12 month use by time frame, but mine has well gone in a couple of months! This is suitable for all skin types apparently and not tested on animals.
So the smell – certainly almond! Not more I can say really, I like it smells sweet, nice, nutty and somewhat healthy. The smell does stick around on you skin for a while.
The cream – a nice white fairly thick cream. You only need a small amount for moisturizing your hands and nails and it soaks in within a few seconds. It does leave a little shine on your hands from the oils but this is actually quite nice as it makes my hands seem a bit more healthy to me.
So does it moisturize? Yes it does but I do find that I am re applying it every few hours even if I am not at work. This is because the moisturizing effect seems to where off after this time and my hands are feeling a little dry again.
Would I buy it again? Yes I am a sucker for the smell. I would ideally like it to have longer moisturizing effects though. It would be a cream I keep in my handbag but have another intense hand cream for more moisturizing emergencies.
For 30mls it cost £5 so its not the cheapest hand cream in the world but if you want a set they have other hand and nail items in the range.
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I bought this when it was on offer at £5.00, which is half price, just to give it a try. My hands have been feeling very dry and irritated which I think is a lot to do with the central heating drying up my skin. On the tube it says that it ‘Moisturises hands and conditions nails. With sweet almond oil and Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil.’ Well, with all that oil in, I thought it should do some good!
When I squeeze the tube the cream comes out very easily and is thinner than I would have expected for the price. It’s not quite liquid but still fairly runny. In fact, I was quite surprised at first to find it doesn’t look any better than some of the cheap hand creams I’ve used, and they don’t do much good at all. At first I didn’t expect it to moisturize my hands very much, but actually when I rub it in, it leaves a silky coating on my skin. It has a pleasant texture and straight away it makes my hands feel softer and smoother, although slightly oily. I’ve also found that although it doesn’t look very thick it does have a soothing effect when my hands are feeling irritated.
I daren’t touch my Kindle screen straight after using it, though, as it leaves an oily smudge on the screen which is a nightmare to get off! The oily feeling lingers for quite a while, so I’ve found this is a cream that’s best used when I’m just sitting around watching television, so I don’t transfer it to everything I touch! After about half an hour it becomes less oily, probably as it becomes more absorbed into my skin. It has a pleasant nutty smell, as you would expect from all those nut oils, but it’s not too strong and pungent.
I also feel it’s good for my nails, and helps soften the dry skin around the edges. I like to use it after removing nail polish to put some moisture back into my nails which the nail polish remover tends to strip off.
I’ve had this tube for three months now, and I’ve used it probably once a day. There’s still a little bit left, so I think it’s lasted quite well. I’d buy this again, especially if I see it on offer.
When it comes to hand cream, this is one of my favourites. This is only available from the Body Shop but in two different sizes, 30ml and 100ml and they cost either £5 or £11. I am quite lucky to have a Body Shop outlet store near me where they offer 40% off these so this is when I tend to stock up.
The hand cream comes is a silver metal tube which is topped with a brown screw top lid. The front of the tube has gold and brown colouring to it and looks quite nice, I feel the metal tb makes it look quite different to others on the market.
The only downside of the tube is that as I get towards the end, the tube tends to start splitting and the hand cream leaks out, it is as if the metal goes brittle which I do find disappointing. The fact that I carry this round in my handbag probably doesn't help the longevity of the tube as it will get knocked about a bit.
The cream is white in colour and just like most Body Shop products, as soon as I unscrew the lid I can smell it. The rich aroma of sweet almonds is present and what I love about this is that it stays on my hands for a good few hours after applying. I do find the cream is quite thick and rich and that a little goes a long way so although this is a little on the expensive side, it does last quite a long time, even applying twice a day.
After applying the cream, my hands feel lovely, soft and smelling gorgeous. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hand cream, but the issue with the tub splitting is a bit annoying so this would only get 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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I recently got a voucher which allowed me to try this product, The Bodyshop's Almond Hand and Nail Cream, for free. I am a regular customer of The Bodyshop and even have a store loyalty card but I had never bought their hand creams before (received the hemp hand protector one as a Christmas gift before though). I have often tried to scrimp on my hand creams as I don't like the idea of paying a lot of money for a small part of the body and I also often kid myself that using any old moisturiser will do. However, I'm outdoors quite often and when the winter sets in I normally have to cave in and buy myself an intensive hand cream to deal with my chapped knuckles. I was therefore very pleased to be able to try this Bodyshop hand cream as I really love this brand and I am usually impressed by their product quality.
This product comes in a 30ml (or 1.0 US FL OZ.) sized tube. The tube is made of a soft malleable metallic material and is printed with product information. There is a plastic screw off lid which is marked with grooves for an easy grip. I find the top easy to remove although replacing it onto the small dispensing nozzle can be a bit more fiddly. The tube is also a little bit troublesome. The metal material dents easily and therefore pushes the cream towards the end of the tube. When I open the tube the cream often just bursts out because the tube has been accidentally squashed down and can not be re-inflated like a plastic tube can.
The cream is marked as being for "all skin types" and on the front of the tube the brand state that this cream both moisturises and conditions hands and nails. The most important ingredients in the cream are sweet almond oil and Community Fair Trade Brazil Nut Oil which help soften and enrich skin. The cream also contains shea butter and soybean oil which are also included to smooth and hydrate the skin.
The cream is white in colour and glistens with an oily sheen. When I rub the cream into my hands it feels watery and quite thin but it is absorbed into the skin surprisingly quickly. It also begins to feel like it has a greasier base as you rub it into the skin. Once it has all been absorbed I can feel an immediate difference in how my skin feels. I am able to use this cream on both the backside and palms of my hands as it dries rapidly and allows me to use my hands to do anything within seconds of applying. My hands aren't left sticky or wet after use. I am happy with the transformation of my hands immediately after using the cream. It gives me instant relief from dryness and cracked or chapped skin. When I rub my hands together after using the cream it feels like I'm holding a silk scarf between my fingers! It also makes my skin look brighter and healthier. My nails look cleaner and conditioned - as though I've had them polished and buffed!
I haven't been using this for long but I'm pleased with how my hands and nails are looking and feeling so far. I do feel that using the cream is helping to protect my skin from drying out completely and therefore it should have long term transformative effects.
The cream has a beautiful smell. It's more like an almond based pudding, almond milk or perhaps brioche or an iced pastry as the aroma is very sweet and delicious. It's a mild, comforting scent that would be suitable for both men and women.
A tube of this hand cream costs £5 and I would find that quite expensive if I'm honest. However, when thinking of whether the cream is worth paying this price I do weigh in factors such as The Bodyshop don't test on animals and also use fair trade ingredients. You can also cut the cost by getting a Love Your Body loyalty card in store. I think this cream would make a great gift for someone as it is very high quality and I think anyone would be impressed by it.
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I have had this hand cream for ages now - about two years and I've still not used it all! It was given to me as a Christmas present so I'm not sure how much my particular bottle of it cost, but the current retail price for a 100ml tube is £10 so it isn't cheap!
To be fair though you only need a really small amount - a little goes a long way and it is very moisturising so it is good value for money. As I've had this for two years, my bottle of it has a completely different to design to the current, more modern design, and it is a medium sized plastic pump bottle which when I first got it contained 250ml of product.
The bottle is a pearly off white colour with a brown label wrapped around it and the plastic pump is very easy to use and I prefer this design to the current design which is a squeezy tube. The hand cream itself has got a thick, rich creamy texture and it is white. It has a strong smell which I am not too keen on and it smells like almonds but with a slightly artificial hint of sweetness.
The hand cream absorbs into my skin very quickly when I rub my hands together, leaving absolutely no residue behind and my hands instantly feel softer and smoother - not silky soft, but soft enough. I have very dry skin and find this to be very moisturising and I like that only a small amount is needed for lots of moisture as it means I don't have to use loads of it. I also like that although the texture is nice and rich and creamy it doesnt feel heavy on my skin - it absorbs really quickly and doesn't leave any residue or greasiness.
The only thing that I don't really like is that the smell lingers on my skin for a while and it doesn't smell that nice and the smell actually changes over time from sweet to quite sickly sweet and strange, however the smell is only noticeable when I bring my hands up to my face.
I only need to use this 1-2 times a day rather than having to constantly re-apply it, and it stops my hands from feeling dry and when they are really dry it makes an instant difference to how my skin feels. It is also good as a nail conditioner and my nails always feel strong and smooth and they look healthy and shiny too which I think is down to this as I use it quite often (about 3 times a week) - I use it whenever my hands feel really dry rather than just for the sake of it though.
All in all I give this hand cream four out of five stars. I have knocked one star off because I am not a fan of the smell.
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I often suffer from very dry hands, especially during the winter. My hands can feel very rough from the dryness during the winter and I normally use the Hemp cream on it which I purchase from The Body Shop. I love the hemp cream as it helps my dry skin. During the summer and warmer months, I don't need to use such an intensive hand cream as the hemp one as my hands don't suffer as much then. At the same time I still wanted a good hand cream that was going to work and keep my hands feeling soft and smooth. I browsed the range of other hand creams on The Body Shop website and saw this Almond Hand & Nail Cream which sounded good. Hopefully this would have a much better scent that the hemp hand cream.
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This hand cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains sweet almond oil and panthenol which are manicurists essential ingredients. The cream moisturises hand and condition nails leaving your hand with a sweet almond scent. The hand cream comes in a tube which is made from thin metal so can be squeezed in order to get the cream out. The tube is mainly silver in colour but also has a brown colour on the front as well which presents that the hand cream is almond. It states what the product is on the front of the tube and it also hand a hand print on the front. On the back of the tube is a list of ingredients and some information about the ingredients in the hand cream. This is in different languages. It also states on the product that The Body Shop do not test any of their products on animals. The tube stands on its lid which is quite small. The lid unscrews completely from the tube to reveal the opening where the hand cream comes out. This product does come in a butter form as well which is a more intensive treatment for your hands. I chose the tube as I think it's more convenient to carry in my bag with me so I can use it whenever I want. I unscrewed the lid from the tube to see if I could smell any kind of scent from the product. I could smell the product a little which smell sweet and had a lovely scent of almonds.
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I purchased this from The Body Shop website along with a 40% voucher for all the products in my basket. The hand cream is £10.00 at full price and it only comes in a 100ml tube. The hand cream sounds rather expensive, how-ever I was expecting this to be good and worth it after using the Hemp hand cream.
Using the Product
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You have to be careful how much of the product you squeeze out as you only need a small amount. The lid is easy to unscrew and when using the product for the first time you just need to give it a very small squeeze in order to dispense some of the hand cream which is white but has a glossy look to it. As soon as I started rubbing the cream into my hands I could smell the light almond smell to the product which smelt slightly sweet but very pleasant. The cream was very easy to rub in all over my hands due to the smooth texture of the cream. The cream didn't take long to sink into my hands leaving them feeling soft and smooth and they also looked less dry. The light smell of the hand cream stayed on my hands which was nice. I only suffer from really dry hands in the winter so this cream is perfect for using during the slightly warmer times of the year. I use the cream at least twice a day and I find this is good enough to keep my hands feeling smooth and moisturised throughout the day. The cream also relieves my hands from feeling dry and tight which can sometimes occur when doing the washing up or hand washing clothes than can't be machine washed.
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I was hoping this product was going to be as good as the reviews on The Body Shop website and I when using the product I wasn't disappointed. The product is really kind and gentle to my hands and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. I love the light scent that the product leaves on my hands, which is much better than the Hemp scent from the other hand cream that I use during the winter/colder months. Although the cream only comes in one size the tube isn't too big and fits into my bag nicely so I am able to apply the product wherever I am. The more of the product you use the more the tube bends out of shape, how-ever due to the metal that the tube is made from it means you can roll the tube down to ensure you get all of the cream out of the tube before throwing it away. The hand cream isn't the cheapest hand cream out there, how-ever I think its well worth the money as it works well and leave my hands feeling and looking moisturised and soft. I would definitely recommend this hand cream to others.
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I like to use hand creams a few times a day and I often try out different brands, but if I could only use one hand cream for the rest of my life it would have to be this one!
I like a lot of products from the Body Shop as it is a shop which I have been going to since I was young and I always enjoy the different scents of their body products. I also like the fact that their items are quite natural, cruelty free, good quality and mostly very affordable, especially since they always have so many sales and offers on. At full price this hand cream costs £10 for a 100 ml tube or £5 for a 30 ml tube, but you can often pick it up cheaper. I bought my last one at Stansted airport where it was less than £5, then further reduced because I have the Love Your Body card which gives 10% discount. I was happy with the price I paid and I don't think I have ever actually paid a tenner for it.
The hand cream, whichever size you get, comes in a metal tube with a screw top, so it has obviously been changed since this picture was added. Personally I think I would probably prefer the plastic flip top tube as pictured, because it's very easy to make the metal tube quite mishapen and then it starts to look bashed and horrible. However, the metal tubes do look nice when they are new and I try to squeeze the hand cream from the bottom, like you would with toothpaste, to stop the tube getting mashed. The style is similar to the L'Occitane hand creams so I wonder if that is why they have packaged them like this.
The actual hand cream itself is lovely. It smells absolutely gorgeous. It has an almond scent, which is one of my favourite scents for body products and I also love the almond body butter from Body Shop. It is sweeter than other nutty scents, and just really nice. I find that the scent lingers on my hands for a few hours after using this.
The texture and consistency of this hand cream is quite different and really nice. It is much silkier than other hand creams which I use. It is not really runny or too liquidy, but it's not as thick as a normal cream either. It is very easy to rub in and spread over the hands. It is very light and easily absorbed, but it does leave my hands slightly slippery for a minute or so if I use a lot. It gives an instant feeling of moisture and care to my hands. It also feels really good my for my nails and I always like to use this after I have taken nail varnish off, or if I have put nail strengthener on or painted my nails I like to use this cream on my hands and nails once it has all dried.
Basically it works really well and smells lovely, and I would definitely recommend it!
I was first drawn to this particular hand cream because of the almond oil. I love to eat almonds, and I love the smell of almonds even more! This product certainly did not disappoint me, as it is a pretty good hand cream to have around on the go.
-- PACKAGING --
The newer versions of this product come in a foil-type of tube, much more similar to say Crabtree and Evelyn's or L'Occitane's hand creams; however, I personally prefer the older one which is the classic tube made out of plastic (or so I think), because it's so much easier to squeeze out the remaining contents from the tube when it's not made out of foil (you really have got to use quite a bit of strength with the foil, or use a pair of scissors to cut open the foil). The tube contains 100 ml of cream, which is a decent size that you can carry around easily as well as up on the plane.
-- THE CREAM --
The cream itself is of a very light beige colour, that is of a rather thin consistency. I would consider this cream to be a little on the 'wetter' side, with properties almost similar to a lotion. Upon rubbing a small dollop of cream all over my hands, I found my hands feeling quite moist, and a little wetter than when I am using other creams; hence you probably wouldn't want to be touching many other things right after you use this cream or you might coat all your belongings with a little layer of this hand and nail cream.
This cream is meant to moisturise your hand and condition your nails at the same time. I can't comment on the nail part as I am no nail expert, but I would consider this cream to be sufficiently moisturizing. It helps to keep the moisture in for quite a while so you won't really feel the urge to be re-applying every now and then, unlike some other poorer creams.
It helps as well that the cream is accompanied a delectable almond scent which I really like; I wouldn't say that the scent is extremely light (just as with most other Body Shop products, the scent is always quite noticeable) but because it's not a flowery/fruity scent, it is very versatile and far from offensive.
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Body Shop is currently selling this product at £10.00. I would say that this is a lovely hand cream to have as a treat, but I wouldn't go out of my monthly budget just to get this. It works really well and there's nothing wrong with it - it's effective, nice-smelling, versatile - but at that price I would rather go for something a little more luxurious - but that's just me ;-)
Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream 30ml tube
This is the third tube of this hand cream I have had so I guess that says it all.
The first tube I had was in a plastic tube as many hand creams are. I find these work pretty well and I have no complaints about them. The tube I have now is in an old fashioned style metal tube a bit like toothpaste came in many years ago. These also work quite well and it is possible to get every last drop out easily which is a plus but I do think they look a bit scruffy as they near the end of their life. The tube has brown and bronze colours on it and says clearly that it moisturises and conditions hands and nails for all skin types using almond oil and brazil nut oil.
Anyway as I have stated before I LOVE hand cream and keep a tube or tub in every handbag, bathroom, kitchen, car, the office etc. I cannot be without it! This 30ml tube sells at £5.00 in Body Shop outlets. It is not a big tube for the money but I got mine for free using a Telegraph newspaper voucher which they issue quite regularly...so look out. Having said that I like this cream a lot so I think it is worth £5.00. They also sell a bigger tube of 100ml at £10 and a set including the 100ml cream plus clippers, file and buffer for £12.00. That would make a nice gift perhaps.
The cream itself squeezes out easily and it a nice consistency. Thick enough not to run off your hand but thin enough that a small blob covers both hands well. The cream is just off white in colour and has a lovely almond oil smell (not sure I can detect the brazil nut?). This pleases me but I guess this is a very personal thing. The cream rubs in easily but best of all sinks in very fast in my experience of creams and quickly leaves the skin soft and not in the slightest greasy or heavy. I do rub it into my cuticles and this seems to have a good softening effect.
I definitely recommend this hand cream and if you can get it as part of a deal or with a voucher then even better.
I get through a lot of hand cream as I suffer from dreadfully dry hands, to the point of cracking sometimes. So I am always open to trying new hand creams but I tend to return to the 'old faithfuls' in the end. This is one of those. I am a little restricted in the hand creams I will try as I strictly only buy from companies who do not test their products or ingredients on animals. The Body Shop of course comes up trumps here (although now they have been bought by L'Oreal some choose to boycott them as their parent company does not abide by the non-testing policy).
So down to the product.
Basics: it smells nice and the packaging with a flip-top lid is convenient and easy to use. It is a little pricey at around £7 for 100ml but it is hard to find a cheap hand cream that really works, believe me I have tried! Although there are a couple out there which I will review soon.
I find it easily absorbed and, once applied, I really know I've got it on my hands as they feel instantly softer and smoother. However, this can apply with a lot of hand creams, the difference here is that it lasts for a good while. You have to reapply pretty much any hand cream once you've washed with soap but this one does stand up to my hands getting wet so I don't need to reapply nearly as often as some which seem to disappear so quickly. For very dry hands this is a soothing product as well as being protective to a point.
One of my fears is having Madonna hands. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept it's when your body looks great, your face looks great but you look like you have the hands of an 80 year old. I don't want to have Madonna hands even when I'm 80. Unfortunately I always forget to use hand cream. A combination of not moisturising them, washing them frequently and using hand gel regularly means that I often have very dry skin on my hands. When it gets to the point where I can see the dry skin I usually decide to do something about it. When I noticed a couple of months ago that my hands were really dry, so dry that the skin was peeling and my hands were starting to hurt I realised that I had to start looking after them. I tried using my usual hand cream but it wasn't working. No matter how much I put on my skin was still dry and the hand cream was just making my hands more sore. I decided that it was worth buying something that was a bit more expensive than my usual hand cream.
==Almond Hand Cream==
The Body Shop claim that the sweet almond oil and soya oil in this product helps to restore the moisture in your hands as well making them supple and smooth by repairing the moisture barrier of the skin. The hand cream also contains shea butter which is a moisturiser. The body shop recommend rubbing this into your hands and nails as often as required. The almond hand cream costs £8 for a 100ml bottle.
The Body Shop is known to be an ethical shop that doesn't test on animals and offers a fair deal to producers. Since being bought my L'Oreal there have been questions about how ethical the body shop really is. Part of the reason why I shop at the Body Shop is that I agree with many of their values. I know that their parent company aren't ethical, that they test on animals and have had a few scandals but the fact is that there are very few places on the high street where you can buy completely ethical products and sometimes we just have to do our best to do as little damage to our world as possible. One thing that makes me overlook the fact that the Body Shop is owned by an unethical company is their ethics around community trade. Many people will think that £8 is a lot to pay for a hand cream but when you consider that the Body Shop are paying people fairly for their products and work I think it's worth paying a bit extra (although I'm sure the people at the top of the Body Shop chain are making huge profits that could be passed down either to the workers or the consumers). The Body Shop buy the shea butter that's used in this product from the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association, an association of women from a number of villages in Northern Ghana. The Body Shop state on their website that they pay these women a fair price for the shea butter and they claim that this has given these women the chance to improve their lives. They now have water pipes and wells, improved housing and medical care and food. They also point out the increase in self esteem and the chance for their children, particularly their daughters to go to school. The beeswax in this product comes from North West Zambia where trade with the Body Shop allows beekeepers to maintain their way of life.
==Using the Product==
When I used this on my hands I found that it spread really well without feeling too sticky. I wouldn't say that it was too greasy but it certainly had an almost greasy feel to it. The good thing about this is that a little goes a long way and at £8 and being an almost poor student I wanted this to go far. I found that it was really quickly and easily absorbed into my skin so I didn't have to spend ages rubbing it in.
The affects of this product were instant. After using hand creams that were having no impact on my hands at all it was amazing that this one worked immediately. My hands felt softer instantly and it was visibly less dry. After using this hand cream a couple of times a day for two days my hands had improved so significantly that you never would have believed that only two days before my hands had been really dry and sore. When I first used this hand cream it did sting a bit, like all of the other hand creams did but after a couple of applications my hands were no longer sore and this didn't irritate them again. Within a week I had lovely, soft hands with no sign at all of any dry skin.
I would love to say that since buying this product I have regularly used it and ensured that I don't let my hands get in such a bad state but that sadly is not the case. After a couple of weeks of regularly using this I got lazy again. However, it took much longer than usual for my hands to become dry. It took weeks after I stopped using this for me to have any signs of dry skin. The affects of this product really are long lasting.
£8 may seem like a lot to spend on a hand cream but this product is well worth the money. It's so much more affective than any other hand cream that I've ever used and I think that a product of this quality is certainly worth paying more for (not to mention the ethical benefits).
From: The Body Shop
For: Intense moisturisation for velvety-soft hands
The packaging is quite nice but not really up to the usual high quality look and feel of most other Body Shop products. It's a simple squeezy tube with a flip top lid which is easy to open and fastens securely. It's easy to squeeze out just the right amount.
It's a nice thick cream with a subtle almond scent. It feels smooth and creamy on the skin, and though it's quite rich and feels heavy when first applied to the skin, it sinks in really quickly without leaving behind any greasy residue.
It leaves the hands feeling really soft and smooth, but it didn't get rid of the dry skin on my hands like the vitamin E cream did. I think it works really well as a basic moisturiser if your skin is in pretty good condition anyway, but if you do have dry skin you'll probably find you need something else to get rid of it.
Though this wasn't quite as good at moisturising my hands as the vitamin E cream, I still really like it and I prefer the general feel of this one and the scent is much nicer, so I will still keep on using it. I also find I only need to use a very small amount of this so the tube lasts really well.
All in all this is a good moisturiser for the hands.
Thumbs up from me.
I seem to go through quite a bit of handcream due to the fact that the handwash in our toilets at work seems to really dry my hands out, and I can't stand the way they feel after I have washed them at work!
After being recently very disappointed with the Asda's own handcream I was keeping an eye out for a different handcream to buy. I was in the Body Shop as I had some vouchers to use and there was a sale on, whilst I was in the queue I noticed this handcream and made a grab for it just before I was served. This was my first mistake, little did I know this 100ml tube of hand & nail cream was going to come to £7.80! It was my own fault for not checking the price of course, but I just could not believe they are charging £7.80 for a handcream. Luckily I am a Love Your Body Member which means I get 10% off purchases so that helped a little bit!
So needless to say I was looking forward to using this handcream and because of it's price tag I had high expectations of it! The handcream, as I mentioned before, comes in a 100ml tube and is small enough to fit into your handbag but I believe it's large than those standard handcreams you can buy from Vaseline or Dove. The tube is beige coloured to match the 'almond' theme and thankfully it does not have a screw lid but a flip top one. I can not understand it when manufacturer's use a screw lid on a hand cream.
It's a daily hand and nail cream which provides essential moisture for all day softness and it's for all skin types. The cream contains Sweet Almond Oil which helps repair the moisture barrier of the skin and so helps to restore moisture and smoothness of your hands. It also contains Organic Soya Oil which seems to do the same as Sweet Almond Oil, and also Shea Butter which is well known for moisturising the skin. It's interesting to note the Shea Butter is from Ghana and the Body Shop buy their Shea Butter from the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association in Northern Ghana and they ensure a fair price for the product, and as a result it's helped improve the lives of the women in the association.
The hand cream is white and has a thick texture, which scores a point with me as I hate runny hand cream! As I rub the handcream in I can notice the sweet almond and shea butter smell and it's really pleasant, making a lovely change from the fruity or floral scents you might usually find. I also find the smell lingers on my hands afterwards, and as it's a pleasant smell I really don't mind this, and it's nice to smell them again half an hour later to get that lovely scent.
You only need a small amount of the handcream to completely cover your hands, and as I rub it in I already notice the difference with my hands as they start feeling much softer and smooth. I actually enjoy using the hand cream itself, it feels nice to rub in and the smell is pleasant so it gives me a few seconds of relaxation whilst at work.
The hand cream is easily absorbed and when it dries your hands are left feeling soft and moisturised. This is comparable to the recent handcream I used which left my hands feeling not much different at all after applying it! If you are looking for a more intensive moisturising, then this hand cream goes perfectly with a pair of moisturising gloves (or cotton gloves!). Just apply a bit more than usual, rub it in a bit and pop the gloves on and leave for 10-15 minutes. Once you have taken the gloves off you will have perfectly soft and smooth hands, lovely!
The cream also works well with your nails, you will notice nice, soft cuticles after using it so no need for a seperate cuticle cream with this one.
I really do like this handcream however the only bad factor to it is the price. At £7.80 this is more than I want to pay for a handcream, however this may be due to the fact it uses Community Trade Shea Butter which ensures fair prices, so you can feel less guilty about buying it!
I recommend this handcream, it smells great and certainly does the job, however I probably would only use it again if it was reduced (by quite a bit) or given as a gift, which is a shame as I would love to buy it again.
**** Introduction ****
I have just taken a part time job helping out in a friends cleaning company, this is only for eight weeks as I am covering for one of the girls who has gone off to have a baby.
Even through this is only for eight week and a few hours an evening, my hands and nails have become very dry and itchy, my nails have also began to snap and peel, as my hand are in water and chemicals all of the time.
So my friend recommended that we hit the shops and buy some hand cream on her naturally, as I am the one doing her a favour after all.
Anyway as I have become a bit of a body shop queen we headed straight there.
I had heard many good reports that the hemp hand cream was very good but after trying it i thought that it was very greasy and it would be very difficult to carry on working with it, so settled for this Almond hand and nail cream.
**** The Almond hand and nail cream ****
This comes in 100ml plastic tube with a flip top cap, which allows to to squeeze small amounts of cream out at a time, the handy design of the tube also allows you to stand the cream up on its cap and therefore allows you to get every last bit of cream out of the tube.
The cream itself is light beige in colour and rather runny when it is first emitted from the tube, but after it is applied to you hands and nails it is absorbed very quickly.
I only apply a small 5p size amount on each hand, this is all I need to get the desired effect and it really is working well for me.
If anything I am becoming completely addicted to this cream as I love almonds and the smell is so nice it is good enough to eat, i reminds me of marzipan which is something I love so the cream has gone down perfectly with me.
This cost £8.50 a tube which is excessive but in my opinion worth the money as it also takes care of me nails, where else could I buy a hand cream, nails hardener and cuticle oil for that price.
The best thing about this is the fact that it is suitable for all skin types.
**** My Views ****
On first impressions I thought this was going to be very greasy but within a few seconds my skin absorbed it nicely, leaving my hands feeling refreshed and soft.
after a few days of use I started to notice a massive improvement in my nails too, they were no longer bending and splitting and my cuticles now look cared for and less cracked.
I highly recommend this cream for anyone suffering with dry hands, chipping, flacking or peeling nails and cracked cuticles. I promise within a week you will see a noticeable change in you skin, hands and nails.
The Body Shop Almond Oil Daily Hand and Nail Cream, I can't remember buying this and I have a smaller than usual size tube (50ml). I think it might have been free when I bought something else.
I have had this hand and nail cream for months and months in my kitchen next to the sink , I use it when my hands are feeling dry and in need of some extra moisture .
It feels quite light when you first put it on your hands and has a light but distinctive smell of sweet almonds. Although the cream disappears very quickly in to the skin on the back of my hands leaving them looking and feeling very smooth and soft, my palms have an unusual slightly sticky feel. I can feel my hand almost sticking to the computer mouse as I use it now.
Before, this is what has put me off using it more often.
But I have been using this hand cream more than usual as I have been thinking about what to write in this review and my nails do seen to be looking a little better than usual i.e. growing just above the tips of my fingers and not breaking at the slightest thing.
I think if I had used this more often and before bed when I would not have noticed my sticky palms, I would have better looking hands and nails.
The ingredients include
Sweet Almond Oil
Organic Soya Oil
Price £7.80 100ml